Fury at cut in killer’s sentence

Chelsea Hyndman.
Chelsea Hyndman.
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A man who beat his girlfriend to death on the holiday island of Crete has been given a three year suspended prison sentence by a Greek court.

The devastated family of the victim, Castleford woman Chelsea Hyndman, has slammed the sentence given to Luke Walker - who was convicted of killing her at a retrial hearing last week - as “ridiculous.”

“How can he be allowed home when he has killed someone? It’s just not right.”

Walker, of Brierley Hill, West Midlands, was originally charged with 20-year-old Chelsea’s murder after she died of severe abdominal injuries on May 17, 2010 while the couple were working in Crete, but during a trial in May 2013 the charge was reduced to grievous bodily harm leading to Chelsea’s death.

He was convicted of that charge and given an eight year suspended prison sentence. But after an appeal, there was a retrial at Heraklion Mixed Criminal Court in Crete last Wednesday and Thursday when he was convicted for a second time and given the three-year suspended prison term.

Chelsea’s mum, Heather Hyndman, of Princess Street, Castleford, said: “It was horrendous having to relive it all again and having to listen to how my daughter died.

“A lot of the time I had to go outside the courtroom because I just couldn’t listen to any more. Then for him to get a three-year suspended sentence is just ridiculous. People get bigger sentences for selling drugs.

“How can he be allowed home when he has killed someone? It’s just not right.”